Nov. 14, 2009
|Nov. 15, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. ET|
Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) - Knoxville, Tenn.
The #8/9-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols officially open the season on Sun., Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. (ESPN2) in Thompson-Boling Arena taking on the #7/4-ranked Baylor University Lady Bears in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. Tennessee, 2-0 in preseason exhibitions, will start a senior less team for the fi rst time in the 36-year tenure of Coach Pat Summitt. Baylor was also 2-0 in exhibition games having defeated St. Edward's 97-43 and Incarnate Word, 81-52.
LADY VOLS AT A GLANCEThis is the Lady Vols' 36th season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 1,005-193 overall record... Collected her record 1000th coaching win with a 73-43 decision over Georgia on Feb. 5, 2009... She passed Dean Smith (879 wins) for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 victory over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005 ...Her 2006-07 and 2007-08 squads were crowned as the NCAA Champions producing the program's seventh and eighth titles...Last season, UT fi nished with a 22-11 overall record and lost in the First Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
This season, UT returned 10 letterwinners and welcomed a talented three player rookie class...The 2009-10 season marks the Lady Vol debut for freshmen: #4 Kamiko Williams, a 5-11 guard from Clarksville, Tenn., #13 Taber Spani, a 6-1 forward/guard from Lee's Summit, Mo., and #34 Faith Dupree, a 6-3 forward/center from Knoxville, Tenn. All will see their fi rst action in the Orange and White this season.
TENNESSEE'S SEASON-OPENERS UNDER SUMMITTOver the last 35 years on opening day, the Lady Vols have won 32 times and lost just three contests. Coach Pat Summitt lost her very fi rst game as a college head coach -- a heartbreaking one-point decision at home in Alumni Gym to Mercer, 84-83, on Dec. 7, 1974. The next time UT lost an opening game was in Knoxville on Nov. 21, 1981, to Stephen F. Austin, 80-74, in Stokely Athletics Center. Most recently, UT fell in their fi rst contest of the 1999-2000 campaign dropping a 69-64 decision to Louisiana Tech on Nov. 14, 1999 in Thompson-Boling Arena. Until the loss to the Lady Techsters in 1999, the Lady Vols had won 18 consecutive season openers.
OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEKTennessee is jumping straight into the frying pan to start the 2009-10 campaign. The Lady Vols open the season playing three games in the fi rst week of action facing #7/4-ranked Baylor on Nov. 15 in Knoxville, Texas Tech in San Antonio in the ESPNU Road to the Championship on Nov. 17, and then traveling to #14/18-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 22.
ON THIS DAY IN LADY VOL BASKETBALL HISTORYUT is 3-1 in games played on Nov. 15. The Lady Vols are 2-0 at home, 0-1 on the road and 1-0 on neutral courts. The last time out on Nov. 15, the Lady Vols took a 68-39 decision over the University of San Francisco in 2008. One year previously, the Lady Vols registered a 70-67 victory over Oklahoma in 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum in the ESPNU Classic in Tampa, Fla. The Lady Vols returned to the same venue a little over four months later to win the 2008 NCAA Final Four. The team hung the championship banner from that title campaign against San Francisco last year in the season opener.
LOOKING BACKLast year at this time, the #7/6-ranked Lady Vols were 1-0 on the campaign having defeated San Francisco in the season-opener, 68-39.
LADY VOLS ON TVCurrently, a record 27 of 29 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for television this season airing on ESPN2 (5 games), ESPNU (5 games), FSN/FOX Sports and SportSouth (10), Comcast Southeast Sports (4), SEC Network (3). Upcoming TV games include: Baylor (ESPN2) and Texas Tech (ESPNU). In the 2007-08 season, UT had a school record 36 television appearances.
1,005 AND COUNTINGLady Vol head coach Pat Summitt starts her 36th season with 1,005 wins in the record books. Amazing!
BAYLOR IN GENERALBaylor (AP No. 7/ESPN No. 4) enters the 2009-10 season after two impressive victories in exhibition play, including an 81-52 drubbing of the University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) on Monday night. Rookie phenom Brittney Griner led the Lady Bears with 25 points and 11 rebounds (six offensive) against the Cardinals. Lady Bear Kelli Griffi n is the only returning starter from last year's squad which advanced to the regional semifinals before losing to eventual NCAA Final Four runner-up Louisville.
BAYLOR TIDBITSTonight's game marks the first contest of the regular season for the Lady Bears... This match-up pits the only two teams in the nation with multiple hall-of-famers on their coaching staffs... Baylor boasts head coach Kim Mulkey (Class of 2000) and former Louisiana Tech head coach and current Lady Bear assistant Leon Barmore (Class of 2003)... Against Incarnate Word, BU got 25 points on 6-of-10 shooting from talented freshman center Brittney Griner, who was the No. 1 recruit in the nation last year according to ESPN.com... Griner also pulled down 11 boards and added fi ve blocks in 25 minutes of action... The Houston, Texas, native averaged 19 ppg and 7.5 rpg in exhibition play... Fellow freshman Mariah Chandler, a 6-2 forward from Atlanta, Ga., chipped in 10 points and five rebounds... Morghan Medlock, the lone senior on the Baylor roster, was the only other Lady Bear in double fi gures against UIW, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting... Coach Mulkey is bringing a very young team into Thompson-Boling Arena, with only four upperclassmen on the 13-player roster... Baylor opened its exhibition campaign on Nov. 3 with a 97-53 win over St. Edward's... Junior guard Melissa Jones was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range, finishing with a team-high 20 points... Ashley Field recorded 11 points and nine rebounds in the game... Kelli Griffin, the only returning starter from last year's team, dished out eight assists against one turnover in her season debut versus St. Edward's.
ONLY TIME WE FACED BAYLORSenior Tasha Butts connected on a pair of free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining and the top-seeded and #2/3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols defeated fourth-seeded Baylor, 71-69, in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional semis at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., on Mar. 28, 2004. With the victory, which was the 850th of legendary Coach Pat Summitt's career, UT advanced to the "Elite Eight" for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The Lady Bears scored the contest's opening bucket, but UT responded with a 7-0 run to take an early 7-3 advantage. While the Lady Vols would extend the lead to as many as six points, 23-17, following a layup by UT's Shyra Ely with 8:29 remaining in the first half, they could not shake BU. Over the next eight minutes, UT went cold and Baylor utilized a 14-2 run to reverse the margin and go ahead, 31-25, before eventually taking a four-point lead into the locker room. Following the break, the teams traded baskets and neither squad was able to take control of the game. After bringing the score to a tie on four occasions, Tennessee fi nally earned its first lead of the second half after two free throws by Shanna Zolman with just less than 10 minutes left in regulation. With the score even at 57, Baylor rattled off eight consecutive points over the next four minutes to take the biggest lead of the game (by either team). Determined not to let the game slip away, Summitt's squad answered with a 7-0 spurt and trailed by only one with a little more than four minutes showing. With the score tied again, 69-69, and less than 30 seconds left, BU attempted to hold for the last shot, but LaToya Davis intercepted a pass with fi ve seconds left and pushed the ball ahead to Ely, who missed a contested layup. Following a missed put-back by Davis, Butts was fouled by Jessika Stratton while attempting to snare the carom. Butts calmly sunk both free throws and UT improved to 19-4 all-time in "Sweet 16" play. The Lady Vols were paced by four players in double fi gures: Ely (19), Butts (16), Davis (12) and Zolman (10). The Lady Vols advanced to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans and defeated LSU, 52-50, in the semis but fell to UConn in the title game, 70-61.
STATE FARM TIP-OFF CLASSICThe Tennessee Lady Vols will be playing in its seventh State Farm Tip-Off Classic facing the Baylor Lady Bears on Nov. 15 in Knoxville. UT returns to the Classic for the first time since 2002. In the early days of the event, the Lady Vols were a mainstay for the fi rst two years in Jackson, Tenn., (1993 and 1994) before hosting the event in Knoxville in 1995. Tennessee traveled to Purdue for the 1998 event and hosted again in 1999 and 2002. UT has a 4-2 record in the Tip-Off.
TENNESSEE "CLASSIC" MOMENTSIn the 1993 game, #1-ranked Tennessee took an 80-45 victory over #8/14-ranked Ohio State who was then coached by longtime and the first full-time Lady Vol assistant coach Nancy Darsch. The win also marked the 500th victory for Coach Pat Summitt. In 1998, the #1-ranked and three-time defending NCAA Champion Lady Vols took on #5/5-ranked Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., in the State Farm Classic. The Boilermakers, coached by former Lady Vol assistant coach Carolyn Peck, dropped a 78-68 loss on UT. The loss snapped the Lady Vols' 46-game winning streak which dated from Mar. 15, 1997 until Nov. 14, 1998. On Nov. 14, 1999, Coach Leon Barmore brought his #6-ranked Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters to Knoxville to face the #2-ranked Lady Vols. Tech dropped a 69-64 loss on the Lady Vols. It snapped 18 consecutive seasons of opening games wins for the Lady Vols. Since La Tech turned the trick in 1999, the Lady Vols have gone 9-0 in season openers since then.
A HALL OF FAME MATCHUPTennessee has three Hall-of-Famers on its bench. Head Coach Pat Summitt was a member of the inaugural class in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. Lady Vol assistant Holly Warlick was enshrined into the Women's Hall of Fame with the Class of 2001 and assistant Daedra Charles-Furlow was enshrined in 2007.
Lady Bear Head Coach Kim Mulkey was a 2000 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. As a player at Louisiana Tech from 1980-84, Mulkey helped lead the Lady Techsters to the Final Four each of those years. With her at point guard, La. Tech won an AIAW national championship in 1981 and the first NCAA national title in 1982. BU assistant coach Leon Barmore coached Mulkey to those national championships while she starred at Tech. He was enshrined in both the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
FAMILIAR WITH THE BIG ORANGEAs a player and assistant coach at Louisiana Tech, Mulkey faced the Lady Volunteers a total of 28 times. As a star point guard for the Lady Techsters, Mulkey faced Tennessee six times, going a perfect 6-0 from 1980-84. In 15 seasons as Leon Barmore's top assistant at her alma mater, she had a record of 8-14 against UT. In the postseason, Mulkey was 2-0 against Tennessee winning the final AIAW National Championship game in 1981 and a National Semifinal in the inaugural NCAA Women's Tournament in 1982. From the assistant coach's seat, Mulkey was 2-2 against UT in the postseason and 0-1 as the Baylor Head Coach.
SHARING SOME HISTORYWhen Pat Summitt was the head coach of the 1984 Olympic Team, her point guards were a pair of 5'4" fireballs... Tennessee's Lea Henry and Louisiana Tech's Kim Mulkey. The 1984 team captured the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games and was the first USA team to bring home the gold medal.
UT IS `DUNK U' -- FOR NOW...Baylor rookie Brittney Griner appears to be ready to take the title of "Dunk U" away from the University of Tennessee. She makes her collegiate debut in the State Farm Classic in Thompson-Boling Arena where former Tennessee Lady Vol All-America Candace Parker threw down four dunks on "The Summitt" and seven overall during her career. For now, Parker still leads a group of six women who have dunked in a collegiate women's basketball game. Parker, with seven career dunks, ranks ahead of former Lady Vol Michelle Snow (1998-2002) who recorded three dunks during her career at Tennessee.
Parker's first dunk in Thompson-Boling Arena occurred on Nov. 12, 2006. The then-Lady Vol sophomore All-American gave UT fans the dunk they had been waiting to see at Thompson-Boling Arena. In the second half, UT was leading Chattanooga, 75-43 when Parker stole the ball from the Lady Mocs' Brooke Hand near the sideline. The 6-4 forward took off for the other end of the court and slammed the rock in with her right hand with 16:02 left in the game as cheers shook the Arena.
Prior to Parker's dunking exploits, UT's Michelle Snow dunked three times as a Lady Vol. Unfortunately, the dunks occurred on the road at Maui, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. In Snow's final game at Thompson-Boling Arena, she went in to dunk against Notre Dame in the waning seconds of UT's NCAA Second Round victory over the Irish, but she was practically tackled and fouled hard and the dunk never went down.